Proletpen: America's Rebel Yiddish Poets

Proletpen: America's Rebel Yiddish Poets

by Amelia Glaser, Dana Craft
     
 

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This anthology presents a rich but little-known body of American Yiddish poetry from the 1920s to the early 1950s by thirty-nine poets who wrote from the perspective of the proletarian left. Presented on facing pages in Yiddish and English translation, these one hundred poems are organized thematically under such headings as Songs of the Shop, United in Struggle,

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This anthology presents a rich but little-known body of American Yiddish poetry from the 1920s to the early 1950s by thirty-nine poets who wrote from the perspective of the proletarian left. Presented on facing pages in Yiddish and English translation, these one hundred poems are organized thematically under such headings as Songs of the Shop, United in Struggle, Matters of the Heart, The Poet on Poetry, and Wars to End All Wars. One section is devoted to verse depicting the struggles of African Americans, including several poems prompted by the infamous Scottsboro trial of nine African American men falsely accused of rape. Home to many of the writers, New York City is the subject of a varied array of poems. The volume includes an extensive introduction by Dovid Katz, a biographical note about each poet, a bibliography, and a timeline of political, social, and literary events that provide context for the poetry.

Winner of the Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies for Outstanding Translation

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A collection of great literary and academic merit, presenting a wide and multi-faceted selection of poets and poems.”—Dror Abend-David, Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal

“Amelia Glaser and David Weintraub’s anthology of poetry, composed by some of [Yiddish] culture’s most talented members, [is an] important contribution to our understanding of a vital moment in American Jewish history.”—Jeremy A. Dauber, Jerusalem Report

“The poems, . . . with a masterful translation by Amelia Glaser, are a window into the lives of a group of socialist writers who spoke out passionately about everything from racism to the plight of the worker and the grinding poverty they confronted on a daily basis.”—Jewish Book Council

“Yields unexpected treasures.”—Julia Wolf Mazow, Lilith Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299208035
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
08/01/2005
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
428
File size:
24 MB
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Meet the Author

Amelia Glaser is assistant professor of literature at the University of California San Diego. David Weintraub is executive director of the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture, whose mission is to revitalize and reenergize the Yiddish language, revealing the rich Yiddish culture and language once so basic to Jewish life.

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